Santa Bootcamp (2022)23K
Santa Bootcamp (2022). Santa Bootcamp: Directed by Melissa Joan Hart. With Rita Moreno, Emily Kinney, Marissa Jaret Winokur, John Schuck. Hired by shopping mall magnate Ed Mancini to host a Christmas gala for his biggest investors, Emily heads to Santa Bootcamp – to find the perfect Santa and the inspiration she'll need to make the evening a success.
“Emily Kinney was very appealing in this. I really liked her, and she and Rita Moreno kept me watching this to the end.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEmily plays an event planner who has snagged a very high profile client which will really help her business. He is very demanding, however, and will only settle for the best Santa in the history of the world for his Christmas party or he will fire her like he fired the last event planner. He is played by Patrick Cassidy of *those* Cassidys. Due to some Christmas magic, Emily finds out about u0026quot;Santa Boot Campu0026quot; which trains Santas and other Christmas Characters. She is correct that this is the best place to find the perfect Santa because it soon becomes apparent that the boot camp is run by the real Mr. And Mrs. Claus, played by John Shuck and Rita. I was very surprised to see John Shuck in the credits. I remember him from Macmillan and Wife. Anyway, Emily has to join the boot camp to earn Ritau0026#39;s recommendation for the best Santa. She has a romance with the camp chef, who is almost too gorgeous.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI am floored by how beautiful and full of vitality that 90 year old Rita Moreno is. Short of selling her soul to the devil, she must have the best genes and/or the best plastic surgeon in the world. She looks totally natural, unlike other actors who have had work done. I wonu0026#39;t mention another elderly (85 years) actress who graced a Hallmark production recently. Bless her. Ms. Moreno looks like a very believable 65, and could probably pass for younger. And speaking of casting, I do want to give Lifetime props for featuring a deaf actress as Emilyu0026#39;s lovely mother. It was no big deal, just normal life.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe end was a little ham-handed. The magical mystery part, which was done subtlety and charmingly, including Ritau0026#39;s beautiful wardrobe, was too explicitly revealed and broadly done. To my mind, there should have kept a bit of nuance and mystery about the pairu0026#39;s true identity. Just a bit.”